Photo credit, Mike Prough, ICSAVE
The Pima County Sheriff’s Department’s (PCSD) School Resource Officer Unit presented critical training in school emergency preparedness during workshops held the week of June 25th - June 29th, 2018 at Tanque Verde High School for TVUSD school staff and other school districts from throughout Pima County.
The Sheriff’s Dept. SRO unit presented three weeks of training at area schools, including Tanque Verde High School. The training prepared staff to respond to potential school violence events by experiencing realistic scenarios in a safe setting. This setting allowed participants to apply what they have learned in a controlled stress environment, thereby gaining knowledge of their individual response.
Additional workshops were also conducted at Desert View High School, the week of June 4th-8th, and four days this week, July 2nd-6th at Cienega High School.
The workshop included instruction time, tabletop exercises, several real-life scenarios, and a demonstration of law enforcement response to these types of situations.
This workshop represented a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Department, Tanque Verde Unified School District, Tanque Verde High School, Integrated Community Solutions to Active Violence Events (ICSAVE) and students from Tanque Verde HS, Cienega HS, PIMA JTED and Sabino HS student role players, to provide high quality, realistic situational preparedness exercises for administrators, teachers, and support staff within our schools.
ICSAVE conducted Introduction to Bleeding Control Training during these vitally important educational events. They were a vital part of this collective effort to better prepare our teachers, administrators and support personnel.
The various school districts’ staff learned and experienced the decisive advantages of proactive vs. passive response strategies via numerous live scenario drills, and are now better empowered to help save students’ lives!
Students from schools throughout the area were selected and trained for their volunteer jobs as role players. The students were excellent, and they were motivated by their desire to help school staff members be more capable of responding in a potential school emergency. They were very talented and extremely convincing in their roles - adding to the realism of the training.
We want to extend a special thank you to all the brave men and women of the Pima County Sheriff's Department School Resource Officer Unit, and the dedicated volunteers of ICSAVE, who are presenting this invaluable training for our local school districts this summer.
Article contributors, Claire Place, TVUSD Community Liaison, PCSD Communications, and Bruce Whitney, ISCAVE Director